My Monthly Report – June 2012

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Welcome to my June 2012 monthly income report.

Each month I go into detail about my online businesses – what I’ve been up to, what worked, what didn’t work, how much I earned and where it all came from.

I write these reports because I think it’s important to be honest and upfront with my audience. Much like how companies in the stock market publicly share their earnings for investors, I share my reports because I think of you as investor of your time, and I would only want you to invest in me and my information if you feel I have something that adds value to you. The more you know about me, the more you can understand if this website is for you.

Let’s get started…

Blog World Expo 2012

At the beginning of June I flew to New York to attend Blog World Expo where I had the pleasure of speaking three times: once each day of the event.

I’ll be posting those presentations (or slight variations of them) on the blog and/or podcast very soon.

I also had the pleasure of sitting in on a number of superb presentations too:

  • Derek Halpern’s presentation about actually getting results from the work you do on your blog was amazing. I’ve always loved his stuff, but his ability to teach using both data from academic research and data from his own experience is unmatched, and his expertise was amplified even more when I heard him speak live.
  • I was also fortunate enough to be introduced to Stu Mclaren, co-founder of the popular membership site plugin WP-Wishlist. I sat in on his presentation about proven membership models and I’m not kidding when I say I laughed and cried during his presentation – it was incredible. I immediately connected with Stu not just because his presentation was awesome, but because of his obvious love for being a dad.
  • Jaime Tardy’s presentation about utilizing major press was great too. Jaime has been featured on several major press platforms, including the front page of Yahoo (twice!), and I learned a ton of stuff about this side of blogging that many people, including myself, hardly ever explore.

Beyond the actual presentations, just the fact that I was with people face-to-face in this world of blogging made it all worthwhile.

Katz, NYC

(At Katz’s Delicatessen, from left to right: Adam Baker, myself, David Risley, Derek Halpern, Cliff Ravenscraft, Corbett Barr and Jason Van Orden)

Still though, I have to say that nothing excites me more than meeting a Smart Passive Income fan for the first time. It’s so cool when someone you’ve never met before says they appreciate you, or they’ve taken your advice and have done something with it.

There were a lot of hugs and hand-shaking with people and I will never get sick of that.

To everyone who came up to say hi and/or if you attended one or more of my presentations – thank you so much! 

While in Hawaii…

After I got home from Blog World Expo, my family and I went on a semi-spontaneous mini-vacation to Hawaii.

We figured that with baby #2 coming in just a few months (woohoo!) this would be our last chance to go on a vacation for quite some time. Even now, mommy is close to around that time she shouldn’t be flying anymore.

To prep for the trip, I composed 2 blog posts which were scheduled to be released while I was away:

The cool part was that after the first post was published, the SPI blog had it’s highest day of traffic ever, by far:

Record SPI Traffic

It was sweet to see that much traffic and even sweeter to know it happened on a day where I did nothing but enjoy the beach with my family.

Of course, the traffic didn’t come as a result of simply scheduling a post  - it was the result of a number of other factors:

  1. The topic of banned Google Adsense accounts is a very interesting and curious topic. What was even more interesting was the warning that I got instead.
  2. I spent 30 minutes coming up with the headline. This was the hardest part.
  3. I scheduled an email broadcast to go out a few hours after the post went live. This was inspired by the recent podcast interview with Fraser Cain, who said his email list was one of his main traffic sources.
  4. I inserted a Tweetable.

A tweetable is a “soundbite” – something short, sweet and interesting people would want to tweet – and you should make it easy for them to do so.

This is something I picked up from Derek Halpern. I’ve seen him use tweetables on Social Triggers before, but it wasn’t until I heard him explain more and share his results at Blog World Expo that I decided to try it out too.

So in the first post I published, I inserted the following tweetable:

“All I know is, I would NOT let Google babysit my kids.” <- Click to Tweet This

The results?

The link was clicked over 800 times and drove hundreds of new visitors to the post.

I used clicktotweet.com to make it easy, in case you’d like to give it a go too.

Security Guard Training Headquarters – The Next Level

In Building the Ultimate Resource: Taking a Niche Site and Actually Making it Useful, I talked about how I could take my security guard training site to the next level as I’m determined to make it more than just an Adsense niche site.

The Adsense income was up from last month, which is great, but there is so much more I can do with it.

To start, I’ve already hired a part-time writer to add more fresh content to the site. The new content will be helpful for SEO purposes: for solidifying my current rankings as well as possibly getting even more long-tail traffic, which is actually the bulk of my traffic.

Here’s a update of the rankings for my most important keywords, which is quite encouraging:

SGTHQ Updated Rankings

There are two new keywords on this list that I’m particularly interested in: guard card and security guard jobs.

Both keywords, on their own, have more potential traffic than my primary keyword, and guard card (a card or qualification one needs in the state of California to work as a hired security guard) I’ve been slowly SEO-ing for over a year now. For the longest time, it was stuck in the 40s, so it’s great to finally see it in the top 10!

There are a lot of companies who create training programs to obtain a guard card online, which I could easily promote as an affiliate. I’m hoping to get to the top half of the first page within the next few months, and I’ll be experimenting with some new legit SEO tactics that I’m currently testing.

As always, I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

In addition to the new writer, I have my part-time virtual assistant conducting research and collecting information about all of the security guard training companies in the U.S.

She’s building a huge database of companies (currently there are over 700 companies she’s found, and she’s just scratched the surface) which include their company name, physical address, web address, phone number, and where on the site they offer training.

I’ll be using this data to enhance the user experience on the site and hopefully include some kind of directory and/or lead-gen relationship with some of the companies that are listed.

I don’t have an exact plan of action yet, but all I know is that if I want the site to become the ultimate resource, I need to know what companies can train people and where they are located.

I’m also speaking with an expert database programmer to help me implement a search-by-zip function on the site.

Exciting stuff! I can’t wait!

WordPress Plugin – Coming Soon!

As I mentioned in my 2012 Goal Post, one of my goals was to launch one premium wordpress plugin by August 1st.

I’m not sure if I’ll make it in time, but the first beta version is complete and undergoing tests, and I’m really excited about it!

I don’t expect this plugin to be a major game-changer like Glen Allsop’s Opt-In Skin plugin, but all I know is that once it’s finished, it’s going to help me solve a huge problem that I’ve been having over the past year, and it could help other people too.

It doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it takes something that’s “just okay” and makes it a lot better, both for a site owner, and the users of his or her site.

I know I can’t get any more vague than that (I’m sorry!) but you’ll hear more about it in the next month or two.

With that said, don’t expect a huge launch sequence from me or tons of affiliates promoting it at the same time. It’ll just be a nice solution that I’ll share with you, and if you’re interested, awesome. If not – then no worries. :)

The development process this time around is going much better compared to my last attempt a year ago when I basically threw away $2.5k on a couple of other plugins with mediocre developers.

I take full responsibility for that loss.

Video Mania

In the last week of June I went “video crazy”, publishing 4 videos in the span of 4 days, including the blooper reel with my son.

I’m in love with video right now, not only because it’s an amazing platform to share and spread ideas on, one that can generate a ton of extra traffic to a website – both directly and through SEO – but I’m in love with video also because it’s just so darn fun!

The platform gives me the most freedom when it comes to expressing creativity, and I’ve been studying some of the most highly viewed videos and most populated channels on YouTube to see if there were any techniques and strategies that I could try.

I just published a post sharing how I did several of those techniques, which you can read by clicking here.

And once again, I have to give a shout out to Gideon Shalwick and Splasheo (affiliate link) for the awesome video bumpers that I’ve been using and getting a lot of comments about. If you’re looking to get a bumper intro for yourself, please note that the intro options are not yet available on the site, but they will be soon. You can either sign up for his list to get notified right away (there will be a wait list), or just come back later.

Currently I have 9,226 subscribers on my YouTube channel, just 774 short of my 2012 goal of 10k.

I’m also just short of 1.5 million total views.

Again, I’m loving video right now – and you should too!

I think it’s time for some numbers…

Income Breakdown

Disclosure: many of the links below are affiliate links that will earn me a commission if you purchase through them. If you do, I absolutely appreciate it and if you have any questions about any of the products or services please contact me!

Also, please note that a lot of these are figures from reports from each individual company for the previous month. It does not necessarily reflect the actual payment which, for some of the companies listed below, come 30 to 60 days later and may change because of potential refunds or corrections.

  • GreenExamAcademy.com Product Sales:
    • Total: $3,300.92
      • Last Month: $2,869.37
      • Difference: +$431.55
  • SecurityGuardTrainingHQ.com:
    • Adsense: $1,526.32 (an increase of $388.09)
    • Media.net: $0.00 (removed)
    • Job Board: $27.90
    • Private Advertising: $55.00 (all removed from homepage and above-the-fold)
    • Total: $1,609.22
      • Last Month: $1,514.93
      • Difference: +$94.29
  • Purchased Website #1 (not revealed):
    • Adsense: $117.87
      • Last Month: $106.66
      • Difference: +$11.21
  • Other Google Adsense (includes other mini niche sites & videos):
    • Total: $131.06
      • Last Month: $113.60
      • Difference: +$17.46
  • New Amazon Product Niche Site (not revealed):
    • Total: $210.11
      • Last Month: $243.19
      • Difference: -$33.08
  • iPhone Applications:
    • Paid Apps: $3,918.93
    • Free Apps: $569.15
    • Total: $4,488.08
      • Last Month: $4,616.20
      • Difference: -$128.12
  • Client Payment: $2,500.00
    • (note: not from Crooked Arrows)
  • Gross Total in June: $48,818.51
    • Last Month: $58,102.08
    • Difference: -$9,283.57
  • Expenses: ~$8,401.09
    • Major expenses this month include virtual assistants (one full-time, one part-time), hosting account for SPI (dedicated server), hosting for other websites, recurring payments for various tools, CPA (Certified Public Accountant) fees and expenses while at blog world expo, including half for a party that Derek Halpern and I hosted mid-week.
  • Net Total in June: $40,417.42

A very good month, once again!

Although it looks like I took a huge hit (minus $10k) in June, most of that is because in May I received a rather substantial payment from a client.

I’m also excited to see that my non-SPI income exceeded $12k in June. If  SPI wasn’t around I’d still be doing really well and living quite comfortably, earning much more than I did as an aspiring architect :P

As I always mention, I’ll be the first to admit that a significant portion of my total online income comes as a result of The Smart Passive Income Blog – mostly from the products that I recommend as an affiliate, which are products I’ve used or am extremely familiar with and have helped me in one way, shape or form. Because of that, I have no shame in earning this much from the blog as I know that I’m helping people, I’m just fortunate that I’m doing so in a way that pays me back too.

The support from the SPI community is amazing. Some people even go out of their way to make sure they click on my referral links, which means the world to me. Thank you!

With this comes a great responsibility to the community that I know I have and will never take for granted – and as such I never promote just for the potential income that can come from an offer, even though those opportunities are definitely there.

I’m incredibly grateful for everything and I will continue to give back with valuable content and my experience in return.

Things I Learned in June

Since much of June was dedicated to my presentations, I’ve been studying and reading even more about what makes an amazing presentation and I’ve learned that if you can master (or work towards mastering) the live presentation, that particular skillset and everything that encompasses it will filter down and be incredibly useful in every aspect of our lives  - from blog posts, podcasts and videos, all the way to how we interact with our family and friends.

It’s all about communication.

Communication is everything.

What we write, how our sites are designed, how we engage our audience, how we sell – it’s all about communicating something, and the better we can communicate, the better results we’ll have in our business.

I’m definitely not a master at presenting, but I want to be because I know it will help everything else I’m involved in.

Since my Blog World Expo presentation, I’ve had several chats with various experts on the subject of public speaking, presenting and having an impact with what we share. I also picked up and devoured two amazing books by Nancy Duarte, Slideology and Resonate, which I cannot recommend enough.

Start with Resonate, and if you have an iPad, make sure you get it for the iPad through iBooks – it’s the most amazing eBook I’ve ever read experienced. Here’s a preview:

Once baby #2 is a little more independent, I would’t mind flying to one of Nancy’s workshops too. Who wants to come with me? ;)

And lastly, to close up this post which ran a little longer than expected, I just have to say that I’m really proud of my son.

Our trip to Hawaii was his first trip on a plane ever, and that’s a good 5 hour flight.

We were deathly afraid of being ‘that family’ with the crying baby on board, because we were ‘that family’ when we went out to restaurants in the first year of his life, but after the flight, when the plane stopped at the terminal and people got up up to get their bags in the overhead bins, several people looked over at us and said, “Whoa! I didn’t even know there was a kid sitting there!”

There’s not an emoticon big enough for that one :)

Cheers, and thank you for taking the time to read my report.

 

 

  • Teresa

    Keep going like that!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Best wishes,
    Teresa

  • http://www.webchannel.pl Derrick

    Whoa, great income again!

    • http://commentingblueprint.com Ivin

      Hey Derrick. I specifically like the big ticket income points: Bluehost, MarketSamurai. I like specifically how he’s made the Bluehost sales. Very cool.

      Hey Pat. I got sent here by a Warrior and you definitely are an inspiration. I just signed up for RSS and I’m gonna check things out. Say, you should probably reply to your comments. People wanna see you are a person and interact man. Anyway, respect!

      • Therm

        He replies to his comments ALL the time.

        • Pat

          Thanks Derrick, Ivin and Therm!

          About responding all of the time…it’s getting harder and harder to do so. I usually spend some time each day on the blog to respond to comments, but I can’t possibly answer each one anymore. I’ll get up to a couple hundred comments a day sometimes!

          Thanks for understanding though, and for all the support!

  • http://www.reviewthisreviewthat.com deepak

    you are a real source of inspiration for new guys like me. Appreciate the post.

  • http://optima-lifestyle.com Cristina Ansbjerg

    Congrats on another great month, Pat.

  • http://www.detailedsuccess.com Kris @ Detailed Success

    Damn you Pat and your crazy success!

    I wanted to have a lazy day today, but now I can’t. You are too inspiring with your success.

    Well back to work, I guess.

    PS: Can’t wait for the presentations!

    Thanks!

  • Sebastian

    Hi Pat,

    for your database problem you could eventually use http://themanwhosoldtheweb.com/300K-job-search-in-a-box.php it includes a zip code search.

    Greets

    • Pat

      THanks Sebastian, I’ll check this out. Cheers!

  • http://www.kickerhosting.com Pearson

    I always love seeing those bluehost numbers. They inspire me.

  • http://freightsavingstips.com George Muha

    Pat, you are my hero!

  • http://entrepreneurcrunch.com EntrepreneurCrunch

    Great motivation for us Pat!

  • http://findmoretodo.com Surminga

    Very nice, it was only yesterday I saw your report for May (was a little behind)
    Good stuff, very inspiring

  • http://www.androidpaycheck.com/ Vickram

    Pat,
    Great numbers. I like your analysis more than the numbers. I really like your strategy of diversifying instead of depending on SPI & Green Exam Academy sites.

    Great month. You are one great inspiration to emulate.. ;)

    Cheers,
    Vickram.

  • http://www.BlogshopWorld.com Melissa J White

    You need some gals in that photo, Pat, Dave, etc. Maybe next year I will be there with y’all. Or, catch my presentation, “Finding Your Sweet Spot: A Whole New Way to Look at Social Media” at SAQA 2013!

  • http://www.komment-devenir-riche.com/ Guillaume de komment devenir riche

    That huge !!

    What you do is great.

    Thank you to be so inspiring

  • http://www.mobileapptycoon.com Thomas @ Mobile App Tycoon

    Loving the more frequent use of videos – keep them coming! I definitely think that you are headed in the right direction with the SGTHQ site as well with hiring a part time writer. Is that writer a former or current security guard or will he/she have to do a bunch of research each article as well?

    Another awesome month, congrats!

    Thomas

  • http://TimsMinions.com Andi the Minion

    I love how you said ‘A very good month, once again!’ It is exceptional, so many people would love to be in that position, all of your hard work and efforts have paid off nicely, you are an inspiration to many of us and I say congratulations, keep up the good work and Thank you for your sharing your tips and progress. :-)

  • http://bestanimationsoftwarereview.com Mikk

    You are very inspirational guy, all the respect from my side :P

  • http://www.richjonesmarketing.com/blog Rich

    $40k in a month is mind blowing Pat, congratulations! I love these income reports they are a true source of inspiration for me!

  • http://internetdreams.com/ Samuel

    Great numbers there Pat. Keep up the good work on it.

    Samuel
    Internet Dreams

  • http://www.ryanhanley.com/ Ryan Hanley

    I tweeted your Tweetable… That was a great article and it had all the aspects of a technically sound post that semi-forced me to take action…

    Thanks Pat.

    Ryan H.

  • http://www.smartlifestyledesign.com Hash Abu-Own

    Inspiring! That’s crazy that you got your highest traffic whilst on holiday!

    Thanks for sharing,

    Hash.

  • http://lucidability.com Jamie Alexander

    Corbett’s rocking the cool hat. I used to have one just like it until the wind blew it over the side of a boat.

    Amazing numbers, Pat. I’m wondering if you could take SGTHQ up to a monster earning website and having it as the go-to resource on the Internet. Do you even think that’s possible looking at the inside data? Good luck.

    • Pat

      I definitely think it’s possible, that’s why I’m working towards that direction, but it’s not going to be easy and it’s definitely going to take some time and creativity. Cheers Jamie!

  • Glenn

    Always love your income reports, Pat. By the way, I signed up for Corbett’s “Start a Blog that Matters” course using your affiliate link this morning, and hope to get my blog up and running within the next few months. Wish me luck! (And thanks for all the inspiration you’ve provided me on your blog and podcast!)

    • Pat

      Hey Glenn! Thank you so much for going through my affiliate link! That means a ton to me! :)

      Cheers, and I wish you all the best. Please let me know if you have any questions about it!

      • Glenn

        Woohoo, a response from the man himself! That made my day. :) Thanks a bunch for the encouragement, Pat; I really appreciate that. I definitely have a lot to learn and a long way to go, but I think I’m learning from the best!

  • http://www.johnbanksblog.com John Banks

    Amazing earnings! I draw a lot of inspiration from your posts as i am a hectic father too. A 2 years old and another one arriving in just 7 weeks! My blog may have to take a little hit for a while I think!

    Keep up the awesome work!

    John

  • http://livetheneweconomy.com Mike

    Pat, do you think you’ll do a post on where you’re investing your monthly gains? I know you reinvest in your business, but what about the rest? I’ve just recently started investing with Lending Club ( and I’ve placed an initial review at my site here: http://livetheneweconomy.com/blog/2012/6/21/lending-club-initial-investment.html ), which seems to offer some pretty good returns on average. In addition, don’t you get hit pretty hard on taxes in California or is California more LLC friendly than I think?

    • Pat

      Yeah I get hit pretty hard with taxes, but that’s the price to pay to be living exactly where I want to live, adjacent to all of my friends and family :)

      I may or may not get into detail about what I invest in, but I do have stocks, college funds, retirement accounts, etc.

  • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

    dude? when are you going public? seriously…?

    • Pat

      Hah :P

    • http://spamspert.com Jared Kimball

      Like!

  • http://binhthuan360.vn dien dan phan thiet

    Good job, Congratulations PAT !!!

  • Val Adam

    That picture of you guys should be captioned: “The League of Extraordinary Bloggers”

    • Dave Smith

      Which one is Fantom :)

  • Dave Smith

    Hey Pat,

    Another great month, well done mate.

    Would you mind me asking if your affiliate earnings are from just SPI or from all your sites?

    Cheers
    Dave

    • Pat

      Most are from SPI, but I have a few niche sites here and there that get a few sales too.

  • http://ineedapic.com Rheo

    Hey Pat

    Wow! Nothing passive about this ;)

    You work hard for every penny but it’s well worth the effort!

    I must have been hiding under a rock for the past year because I have been working hard on my online projects but only just recently discovered your blog through Google. I haven’t left my computer for three days getting caught up on all the info you offer. Your POD casts are great for the car and you have absolutely the best and the most honest information and guidance I have ever seen.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.dormroomcash.com Adam

    Another awesome month Pat.

    I hope you had fun in Hawaii with your family, you deserve a little rest.

    I really hope you shoot some more videos because they are definitely fun to watch as well.

    ~Adam

  • http://www.thebudgetsavvybride.com Jessica @ The Budget Savvy Bride

    I am continually impressed by what you are able to accomplish and earn through your efforts. It inspires me and gives me hope for the future! :) Thanks for all you do and for sharing so openly and honestly.

  • http://www.learnnichemarketing.com David Tong

    Month after month, that Bluehost figure astonishes me…. Keep it up!

  • http://ifoundmymoney.com Adam Hathaway

    Since I am taking advise from almost everyone sitting at that table and trying to apply it to my site, I figure I will either have an unsightly frankenblog or a highly successful superblog. I hope for the later but would not mind a good learning experience either.

  • http://olympicdistancetriathlons.com Brandon Breshears

    Pat You Rock! I am so encouraged by this after having some ups and downs. I broke 20 bucks in my first month and I’m so excited! Keep it going man!

  • http://www.shaunling.com shaun

    Hi pat, how do you generate income from apps? through the google ads? Is it related to adsense? I have got my adsense account banned, can I still profit from apps ads?

    • Pat

      I actually have iPhone apps live in the App Store that I make money from – either from selling paid apps, or mobile ads through a company like Admob.

  • http://zaidisoft.com Zaidi

    Hard work always pays off. Great job Pat and keep us updated. If you announce your retirement today, it will be a blow to a lot of people including myself.

    I’m loving it! [Disc: I am not affiliated with McDonald food chain]

  • http://www.yomimarketing.com/which-to-choose-wordpress-or-blogger-for-your-small-business-blog/ Samuel

    Hey Pat,

    Watching that video intro and was thinking ” Wow he is strong little dude!” I would definitely use your son in video intros. That is so cool man!

    On other note. Since you are likely to do more videos. Ever thought of adding another stream of income to your videos. Like having someone or company sponsor them? Maybe towards the end with a splash screen or something? Something to think about if you haven’t already.

    Keep up the good work Pat!

    • Pat

      I have, and have been offered to do such a thing, but my videos aren’t there to make money, and the same with my podcasts – they are there to provide content and get people to come to the blog :)

  • http://www.HighPRDomainDeals.com Arbel Arif

    Congrats Pat, another great month…
    You are a living proof that when you help other people the universe will help you!

  • Chaseki

    As always thanks for sharing Pat!

    Just wish that the numerous aspiring and even seasoned internet marketers were as honest, caring, and “people 1st” motivated like you. Quite often when I visit other sites, I get the impression that they have PASSION (most over/miss used term) for money over offering massive value to help people.

    Enough of my rant… = )

    HAPPY 4TH to you and your FAMILY!

  • http://www.crappykidart.com Kelsey

    Impressive as always. Thank you again for sharing!

  • Louisa

    Impressive rankings for the security guard site.

    Are you still just using “backlink strategy that works” or have you started to do other forms of linkbuilding?

    Thanks,
    Louisa

    • Louisa

      You are #7 for guard card here. Congratulations!

      Not to be annoying, but I hope you can tell us if these rankings are an result of “backlink strategy that works” and nothing else.

      Thanks,
      Louisa

  • http://twitter.com/reggiepaq Reggie

    Hey Pat,

    What keyword ranking tool are you using again? I couldn’t find it on your site anywhere. Thanks!

  • https://www.adaptu.com Jenna, Adaptu Community Manager

    Congrats on another great month and not being “that” family on the plane.

  • http://www.horadricmarket.com Steven N

    Hey Pat!
    Its always nice to see wake up and find out that you updated your ‘Monthly Income Reports”, you’re such an inspiring person!

    Keep it up!
    Thanks always

    Steven N

  • http://designsuite.net Vlad R

    Hi Pat,

    Very Awesome and inspirational monthly report as always! :-) Thanks for having the passion of spreading motivation onto others!

    I was wondering, what does Market Samurai have that Google Keyword tool doesn’t as far as accuracy for Monthly Search Volumes for Keywords? I am just on the verge to purchasing the Market Samurai as I already do have the trial, I’m just still not sure.

    Thanks,
    Vlad

  • http://www.mypersonalfinancejourney.com/ Cherleen @ My Personal Finance Journey

    Great earnings! I wish I would earn as much before the year ends. Keep it up!

    Congratulations to your son! He was well-behaved during the flight. It means that you and your wife are doing well in bringing him up. Good job for both of you, too!

  • http://talesofwork.com Kimanzi Constable

    Hawaii is so amazing Pat, we love it so much we’re moving there next year :) Love the the ocean, island life and the people!

    I totally agree with mastering the live presentation, I’m always working on mine. I heard a great podcast with Derek interviewing an expert on public speaking and it was incredible hlepful: http://socialtriggers.com/how-to-create-great-presentations/

  • http://www.10awesomedollars.com/ Gabriel

    Nothing better than a mini-quick holiday . enjoy hawaii mate.

  • http://www.autotaku.com EricT

    As usual I am always amazed at your income reports. I could never sit down and do those every month. When people ask me, I always give an “about number”, lol.

    Look forward to the hearing about the WordPress plugin. I have one I have been thinking about having made (or making myself), but I think I will wait to see what yours is just-in-case, and to see how you market and sell it.

  • Steve Wyman

    Hi Pat!

    Just a quick, congrats on another great month. Youve living the life thats for sure.

    Best wishes for the new bbay.

    steve

  • http://www.waystoinreaseincome.com DArren

    Pat,
    Great Job as always. Looking forward to next month

  • http://www.annieandre.com Annie Andre

    Pat,
    really enjoyed hearing about blog world. Gave me a better sense of what goes on there. I don’t know if i’ll ever get to go…

    and.. i am really enjoying the videos you are doing. I’ve been doing more video myself and I’ve definitely seen an uptick in traffic and comments because of the videos. I’m constantly looking to learn new ways to use it and you always have some really good tricks that i use. I’m so going to use the white board and the video scribing..

  • http://www.signupandmakemoney.com Greg

    Once again an awesome month for you Pat. Keep pushing I know I will be too.

  • http://www.ipassedmybarexam.com Dustin Saiidi

    Hey Pat, this is great. Thanks for sharing! I wonder if you could also share the approximate hours you worked on average per week? I remember a few months back I think you were at about 20 or 25. Thank you sir and have a great 4th ofJuly!

  • http://www.jobsinayurveda.com Bill @ Jobs in Ayurveda

    Pat,
    Kudos for having another awesome month.

    That video for Resonate literally changed the way I’m going to look at eBooks. I’ve been building a business around my writing, especially eBooks, and what I just saw is pretty much a game changer for me. I saw so many things that are going to help me out that it makes my head spin!

    Thanks for your encouraging update. I earned my first online dollar in June and I’m eager for more.

    PS I took the wife and kids to Kauai last month too. I’m dedicated to buying a vacation home in Hawaii now. Hope you enjoyed it.

  • http://www.obguru.com prasion

    I am curious to know how much you are making from Indeed publisher program

  • http://myonlinesuccessdiary.com/ Phil Jensen

    Pat

    Congrats on another impressive month.

    Also, thanks for the clicktotweet tips…checking it out right now.

    Really excited to see what type of WP plugin you’re developing. Do you have a price point yet?

    Phil

  • http://.olympicdistancetriathlons.com Brandon Breshears

    Hey pat i just went to an adwords training put on by google and i have heard you say you arent a fan personally but i think you should really check out what you can do with the new remarketing features, i think you could bring in some serious dough!

  • http://www.itechcode.com Amit Shaw

    Pat You really Rock :) Share some Secret Tips with us to get this type of handsome earnings :)
    BTW Really superb.

  • http://coolfastwheels.com Mighty

    Another awesome awesome month Pat! Keep inspiring and providing amazing tips on earning passive income. You rock!

  • http://www.dailyincometips.com CCOkoji

    Hi Pat,

    What shall we say again, you have doing what you know how to do best.

    You have just become the King of the Bloggers.

    Hope to have a handshake with you one of these days.

    God bless you!
    Okoji

  • http://www.ivblogger.com Sheyi | Ivblogger.com

    And yet another record breakign month for you Pat. This is the dream of thousands if not millions of people on the internet. Keep doing the good thing and we’ve got your back on this.

    I will be waiting patiently for your WP plugin and be rest assured that it is goign to be a game changer – I know you will earn a lot from it as well.

    Sheyi

  • http://www.londencity.nl LC @ Londen City

    Another good month!

    Do you think your earnings at the Security Guard website will be affected because you had to change the color settings?

  • http://nopassiveincome.com Chris

    Hi Pat, congrats about the earnings!
    And thanks for “Click to Tweet This” tip – I’ll use it in my next post ;)

    BR, Chris

  • http://about.me/henrik.hedberg Henrik

    I remember you talked about how you suspected that advertising with other advertisers than Google on your security guard site might have influenced the income. I noticed that Google has a tool for AdSense Advertisers to handle ads from other advertisers also. Have you used it? http://adsense.blogspot.fi/2012/06/become-dfp-expert-using-our-new-dfp.html

  • David

    Very interesting read, Pat. Thanks for sharing. I notice UAW is still going strong – I still use the service so it must be useful for a lot of people too.

    I took your advice on electronic whiteboards from your last post regarding brushes. I made the switch from Fireworks CS4 to Photoshop CS5 and the difference is amazing. Photoshop is just so smooth and natural looking – I’m instantly more confident with my bamboo tablet. Thanks!

  • Derrick

    Oh why did you remove media.net? Is it not performing well for your niche? I think you should try infolinks.Besides Google Adsense,their ads have a better CTR than Chitika,Kontera and others that I have tried.

  • Deb

    Pat, I love your blog, your eBook, your advice, and I think you’re adorable. But, honey, next time you give a presentation you MUST either lose the tie or tuck in the shirt!

    • Pat

      ;)

  • http://www.yourbodygrooming.com Ern

    Amazing income once again! I think the best time to read your monthly income reports is in the morning. It sets the right mindset to start really working. :-)

  • http://www.motherhealth.info Cipto

    Hello Pat, your income report, post and everything made me inspired and given strong energy to success in blogging! I have learn much from your blog especially SPI starting last year. Next time, I want you to expose the strategy for Amazon. Thanks.

  • http://trucklicense.net/Get-CDL Mike Jones

    woohoo a response from the man himself! That made my day. Thanks a bunch for the encouragement, I really appreciate that. I definitely have a lot to learn and a long way to go, but I think I’m learning from the best.

  • http://www.BraveCatholic.com Steve

    40K legit in one month freaking amazing. Oh and its a down month too. Go Pat Go

  • http://www.ideasbasicas.com Manu

    Hey Pat, I thought with the money you make every month you had way MORE traffic.

    Is it around 10k per day or per hour??? I obviously can read the GoogleAnalytics graph but honestly I can’t believe with so little traffic you make such high numbers!

    • http://www.ideasbasicas.com Manu

      I’m confused because when you make a traffic estimation with it shows up numbers (real estimation from websiteoutlook):
      Daily Pageview 241069

      • Pat

        Yeah, you can never trust those things. Seriously. I prefer Google Analytics and real tools that I have on my website to show me the actual numbers :)

        • http://www.ideasbasicas.com Manu

          Thanks for answering Pat :) So it’s really amazing, I mean your conversion rates are super high! You’re truly a model to follow, thanks for your awesome work!

  • http://InternetBusinessGeneration Pierre

    Congrats on the new member of the family on the way, Pat! Two are exponentially more effort! ;)

  • http://www.thehomeforsurvival.com Survivor Mike

    Pat, this is great. Just bummed I couldn’t get to Blog World to share my story with you on how you inspired me.

  • Lianne

    Well done again Pat.

    That is a very good result for your security guard training site after the Adsense “issue”; your unique quality content will keep you at the forefront of that niche.

    The Blog World Expo sounded really good and I’m sure your talks were well received too.

    Best wishes for the forthcoming baby.

    Lianne

  • http://www.jamesmathison.org James Mathison

    Nice one!
    Looks like you’re getting more and more comfortable with public speaking. It’s cool to see you grow through your posts, and we wouldn’t be able to if you weren’t transparent and authentic. I’ve just started with this stuff, testing what I’ve read, and I’m keeping authenticity in the forefront of my mind.

    Thanks for the good example, man.

    (P.S. Congrats with the new kid! Two of my brothers have three of ‘em each, so I’ve seen what it’s like from a safe distance lol. You’ll love it.)

  • http://www.eventualmillionaire.com/blog/ Jaime @ Eventual Millionaire

    Thanks for the shout out Pat :)
    I wondered why I got a bunch of email sign ups today, and it was because of you!
    (and now I go to bed since I leave at 4am for WDS, we will miss you!!)

    Thanks!!!

  • http://wsotesters.com Josh @ WSOtesters

    Sounds like you had a great month Pat! Going to blog expo…then vacationing to Hawaii? Wow! I took a little vacation myself to visit my cousin for his graduation at Stanford, and was still able to pull in just over $5400 on our income report. Nothing close to your 48k, but it’s a work in progress :) Keep up the amazing blog – I love it!

  • http://www.twitter.com/dreamjobguy Alex

    Pat!

    Congrats on another outstanding month! Keep up the great work my friend!

    All the best,
    -Alex

  • Tony

    Hi Pat,

    Just a quick note regarding your photo where your presenting – your pants are too long. You could shave of an inch and opt for a slim fit to avoid that baggy look. See
    http://www.reddit.com/r/malefashionadvice

    Dockers Alpha Slim pants might suit you better. If your making 40k a month, you can afford well-fitting pants!

    Tony.

  • http://www.empowernetwork.com/almostasecret.php?id=aaronsimoni Aaron

    Keep up the grate work Pat. The earning you made from being an affiliate for bluehost are impressive. The creative way you went about doing it very smart.

  • http://onlineaffiliatemarketing101.net/ Ben

    great work pat, its pretty amazing your so open about your earnings and im also looking forward to seeing what this mystery plugin is going to be.

  • http://www.bigblogtraffic.com James Penn

    Pat – fantastic tip about the Tweetable link. I’m going to try that right away!

    James

  • http://mypassivepaycheck.com Scott Frye

    Congratulations on another great month Pat! Love the idea of the tweetable link, thanks for sharing it!

  • http://grasshopperherder.com Tristan Kromer (@TriKro)

    You should just use Tweetherder’s wordpress plugin to create tweetables. Much simpler that copying and pasting links back and forth!

    • http://www.efreeblogtips.com Linda Tran

      Your blog have many thing very helpful.Thank for sharing!.

  • http://www.sociallyfamous.com Feraz

    Wow. Its incredible to see where the niche site duel has taken you now… I also wonder about the Amazon site… how about revealing smth again ;)

  • Kevin

    Looks like you has a great month Pat. I really like the way ‘Resonate’ is interactive and believe that’s the future for educational media.

    Keep fighting the good fight.

  • http://www.smarthelping.com Jason Varner

    Hey pat, I was wondering if you ever invest any of your profits into the stock market or forex. Do you dabble in this ever or just keep it under the mattress?

    • Pat

      It definitely doesn’t stay under the mattress – I dabble a bit. A lot are going into separate funds for my and my family’s future, i.e. education fund, etc.

  • http://www.optimizepresshelp.com Chris

    Another great income report Pat, it seems to stay extremely stable! You’ve worked hard to build yourself a rock solid business, that will surely be around for years and years to come! Great work!

  • http://www.websiteop.com Matt

    Hey Pat,
    How do you choose websites to buy? Do you have a post on that?
    Thanks!

  • Nata

    Hi Pat,
    Everytime I read your income report I’m really wonder of that, especially your bluehost income. Do you use only this blog (SPI) for that revenue? If you do, that’s very great that you can make thousand visitors get signed up to bluehost through your link here, every month. Amazing! I myself have a dream to get passive income like you,just from one blog. But, I stuck on what blog to start :(

  • http://www.shalusharma.com Shalu Sharma

    Amazing figures, most bloggers would only dream of achieving so much. Your highest earner has always been market samurai.
    Well done again.

  • http://www.merrychristmasfromsanta.com Jason

    Once again you make me jealous (and you make it look easy.)

  • http://diaryofbloggers.com Anil

    Dear Pat
    How about make it this report more clear for eg: you can put the list of detail who purchase service or product by using your link. eg: webhosting provide details of domain who purchase hosting package by using your link etc…

  • http://CashFlowsToo.com Monty Campbell

    Pat Flynn, this is a stellar post and amazing income report. Pat, I’m again impressed and inspired with your efforts (passive and otherwise).

    I was so inspired I wrote a blog post about it. In fact, I sat in Panera Bread and happened to bump into another blogger whom hadn’t heard of you. I sat down and talked to them about the benefits of helping people online and not just selling something. I spoke to them about the idea of tracking metrics and having a backlink strategy that works. I spoke to them and then showed them your site and this post. They were so inspired that you have one confirmed new fan beside me. And clearly you have one new virtual salesmen for you, me (not an affiliate link).

    I thank you for your demonstrative increased video efforts and I look forward to more of your video. I too plan to increase my video output and content production. I wish you continued success and blessing with your efforts.

  • http://www.ginoorlandi.com/ Gino Orlandi

    Love these posts, truly inspiring. Got me to start my own personal blog up again.

  • http://www.empresas-de-seguridad.com/tag/camaras-de-seguridad/ Francisco Camara

    Hello Pat, I was wondering how do you promote the Bluehost affiliate link, just this blog and the youtube video? where do you convert more? Thanks

  • http://makemoneysa.co.za/ Paul @ Make Money

    Inspirational Pat!

  • adhy

    wow very amazing Pat!

  • http://www.zzzprofits.com Moe

    The most valuable piece of information i got out of this post was the screenshot of your Analytics. I wondered and asked in the past what SPI traffic is like. All the reports, tips and earnings are great and all, but useless without traffic.

    So, SPI recieves on average 6,000-7,000 visitors per day. That piece of info puts things into perspective. There are a lot of people out there receiving 25-100 visits per day to their blog/site and wondering why their results are meager.

  • http://fivegreenlizards.com/my-monthly-online-income-report-june-2012/ Kim

    Pat, I love reading your income reports! They are so encouraging. Keep up the good work!

  • http://paidwritehq.com Rose Smith

    Hi Pat,
    I had to click over to youtube from SPI to see your bloopers. My favorite pic on SPI is the one with your name tag with you holding your son. He’s such a cutie–he’s going to be a real charmer with the ladies :) – tell him I’m a big fan and to keep doing exactly what he’s doing–he pushed Daddy really good and strong!

    I tried leaving this message on youtube but kept getting an error message. I’m a boneyfide tech-dead-head, (not bona fide–boneyfide is the hard bone in the center of my brain that makes technology painfully bounce off it rather that get absorbed) Therefore, I have no clue what I did wrong :(
    Take care,
    Rose
    paidwritehq.com

  • http://www.studyabstracts.com Fred

    Hi Pat,

    Your passive income encourages me a lot to continue blogging. I started last year and hope to see an enough income via online. I’ll be encouraging more researchers to submit their study abstracts such as dissertation, research, and thesis abstracts. With your concise and tips I’ll be able to achieve my goal in the future.

    Thank you for your blog.

  • Martin

    Great post as usual Pat!

    Quick question, what is the software you used to determine the keyword opportunities for the Security Guard Training website? That screenshot you have of the security guard keywords with numbers next to them at the top of the page doesn’t look familiar to me. Is that Market Samurai? Is that a new MS module? I’d like to conduct that same research for my niches.

    Currently, I look at google trends and target hot words related to my niches as they gain popularity as well as look at my analytics and target what it says I’m already getting traffic for.

    • Pat

      Well that’s just the rank tracker I use (see resources page) and I’ve entered those keywords in manually, and it tracks where they are in Google. I’m also using the rank tracker from WhooshTraffic.com and it’s pretty powerful too. More features actually.

  • http://www.techmadoo.com yash

    Pat I have been following your blog since past 1 year and each one of your posts have been filled with information.Your blog really gives value to its readers and motivates others to go and take action.

  • http://www.thedealwizard.net git

    Thanks for the monthly inspiration. I really enjoy the great tips and ideas. Keep it up!

  • http://trucklicense.net/Get-CDL Mike Jones

    I sat down and talked to Them about the benefits of helping people online and not just selling something. I spoke to them about the idea of tracking metrics and having a back link strategy that works. I spoke to them and then showed them your site and this post. They were so inspired that you have one confirmed new fan beside me. And clearly you have one new virtual salesmen for you.

  • http://creativelyconstructive.com Steven fastuca

    Great article and great website. I’ll be a new reader.. Thx for the info.

  • http://www.delinkbuilder.nl De Linkbuilder

    I’m working like this at the moment in Holland. Thanks for all the info and ambition you bring in your posts.

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  • http://www.edmicah.com Ed Micah

    Pat, this is another great post showing your inspiring income statements. It simply amazes me.

    Look at that amount of traffffic :/

  • Jen

    Pat,
    I don’t think I can take another one of those earning reports……….
    ….it’s just fantastic!!

  • http://www.cashreview.net/ Brad Campbell

    Wow, another awesome report and great month of earning. Congrats Pat! I’m surprised you still make that much off Market Samurai…

    Just amazes me at what you can accomplish when you actually aim to help ppl…

    … go figure ;-)

    I’d say keep it up, but you clearly don’t need my encouragement.

    Stay awesome.

    Brad

  • http://www.showmesomemoney.com lisa

    wow that’s a truly inspirational post – I can only dream of those kind of stats! A real kick in the butt motivation wise, thanks for sharing in such detail, looking forward to reading this month’s stats now :)

  • http://fatlossfactorreview101.net Dana

    That’s called motivational boost! Wow, couldn’t believe that you can make so much money from the internet. Nicely done, Pat! I got inspired from your 4-minute blog :)

  • http://www.corefront.ca Jeo

    I am continually impressed by what you are able to accomplish and earn through your efforts. It inspires me and gives me hope for the future! Thanks for all you do and for sharing so openly and honestly, thaks a lot for sharing.

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  • http://successmindset.us Adam Nguyen

    Awesome!
    I’ll learn from u to become an internet millionare :)